UK Minister Wants to Tax Social Media Into Submission
A price must be paid. Ben Wallace, Britain’s security minister, suggested taxing Facebook and Google if they remain “less than cooperative” when it comes to fighting extremist content. “We should stop pretending that because they sit on beanbags in T-shirts they are not ruthless profiteers,” said Wallace, pointing out that the UK government spends millions countering messages spread via social media. Meanwhile, a new law’s come into effect in Germany that fines social media companies up to $60 million if they don’t remove illegal posts — including hate speech.